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Development Status of the Fission Power System Technology Demonstration Unit
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Author and Affiliation:
Briggs, Maxwell H.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Gibson, Marc A.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Geng, Steven M(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States);
Pearson, Jon Boise(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, United States);
Godfroy, Thomas(Maximum Technology Corp., Huntsville, AL, United States)
Abstract: This paper summarizes the progress that has been made in the development of the Fission Power System Technology Demonstration Unit (TDU). The reactor simulator core and Annular Linear Induction Pump have been fabricated and assembled into a test loop at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. A 12 kWe Power Conversion Unit (PCU) is being developed consisting of two 6 kWe free-piston Stirling engines. The two 6 kWe engines have been fabricated by Sunpower Inc. and are currently being tested separately prior to integration into the PCU. The Facility Cooling System (FCS) used to reject convertor waste heat has been assembled and tested at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The structural elements, including a Buildup Assembly Platform (BAP) and Upper Truss Structure (UTS) have been fabricated, and will be used to test cold-end components in thermal vacuum prior to TDU testing. Once all components have been fully tested at the subsystem level, they will be assembled into an end-to-end system and tested in thermal vacuum at NASA GRC.
Publication Date: Jul 30, 2012
Document ID:
20130010732
(Acquired Mar 09, 2013)
Subject Category: SPACECRAFT PROPULSION AND POWER
Report/Patent Number: E-18230-1
Document Type: Oral/Visual Presentation
Publication Information: (SEE 2012016421); (SEE 20120015398)
Meeting Information: International Energy Conversion Engineering; 30 Jul. - 1 Aug. 2012; Atlanta, GA; United States
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 887359.01 .04
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 16p; In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
NASA Terms: STIRLING ENGINES; FREE-PISTON ENGINES; COOLING SYSTEMS; REACTOR CORES; FISSION; WASTE HEAT; VACUUM; SIMULATORS
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